Three new ski resorts in the Northwest Alps are set to debut with record snow conditions and early season openings. W Verbier will be your most affordable option, especially for the party crowd that finds a ski-in/ski out location near the main gondola with DJ-fueled frenzy that lasts from après ski to late nights at the on-site dance club called Carve. W recruits Michelin star chef Sergi Arola from its Paris-Opera property for a chic chalet experience that extends to its comfy-minimalist rooms with wow-amenities like Jacuzzis and heated terraces.
Andermatt looks to join the ranks of Gstaad and St. Mortiz for jetset skiers with the opening of The Chedi. An Asian aesthetic with a French accent by designer Jean-Michel Gathy, the property impresses as a luxury spa and ski destination with additional portfolio of luxury serviced residences. With reservations from December 20th, visitors find one of the prettiest outdoor lounges in the Courtyard as well as a toastier après-ski playground indoors at The Living Room. Three in-house eateries including a sushi restaurant makeup for the modesty of local dining options in Andermatt with a winter spa wonderland that’s perhaps the best in the region.
Francophiles that can’t imagine anything below 1850 will marvel at new L’Apogee opening December 11th in Courchevel. From the owner of Brenners Park and Hotel du Cap, Oetker Collection does a snowy glamour palace with designers India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand. Known by many as the chicest place to ski on earth, Courchevel gets yet another starry eatery this time with chef Franck Ferigutti’s Le Comptoir de L'Apogée. A champagne lounge and late-night bar recruits mixolgist Akram Rechidov who’s a fixture on the South of France summer scene and ready to give nearby Cheval Blanc a run for the winter season.